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'Worth Their Salt' Exhibition at Gasworks Art Park

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When the First World War created the need for women to work in traditionally male-dominated jobs, propaganda flooded through countries like Britain; urging women to 'do their bit' - and they did.

Following the conflict, however, these same women found themselves quickly replaced by returned veterans and forced back into their former positions (mostly in unpaid or underpaid positions as sweatshop workers or homemakers). After the same thing happened at the end of World War II, women were discouraged from taking "men's jobs" and to this day these fields such as construction, mining, and the like are still the most male dominated in Australia, and indeed, the rest of the world.

This month Gasworks Resident Artist Wen Shobbrook will utilise the imagery and perceptions surrounding the mobilisation of women into the labour force in her first ever solo exhibition.

Known for her complex pieces and techniques, (she recently made paintbrushes out of cat whiskers to better paint a single human hair) Wen's artwork focuses on the interplay of light and pigment and harmony of colour.

The free exhibition runs from 19 April to 20 May in Gasworks' Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery. Since Wen works on-site, there's also a chance to meet the artist if you can't make the official opening night (Wednesday, April 20 from 6-8pm).
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When: Tuesday, 19 April - Sunday, 15 May. 9:30am - 4pm. Opening night: Wednesday 20 April, 6pm - 8pm.
Phone: 8606 4200
Where: Gasworks Art Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park, VIC 3206
Cost: Free
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The artwork looks rather dark but is nonetheless intriguing. Might be worth braodening my horizons rto take a look.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7970) 1565 days ago
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